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Traffic and Roads Advisory Committee 18th September 2013

WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE TRAFFIC AND ROADS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TRAC) OF THE PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 2013 IN THE PARISH OFFICE AT 7.30 PM

PRESENT: Councillors: G Birks (Chairman), R J Reilly, J Coveley, R Bell, E Stacey & C Dalton

Officer, The Clerk

Also present: County Councillor Anne Purse and one member of the public

ANY MEMBER WITH AN INTEREST TO DECLARE IN ANY AGENDA ITEM WAS REMINDED TO DO SO IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING IN THE BOOK PROVIDED

10. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllr Carr

11. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None

12. MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF 24th JULY 2013 – which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record after the following amendment had been made:

Minute 59(i) 3rd line – remove ‘the’ between ‘confirm’ and ‘where’

13. UPDATE ON MINUTES

i)        Minute 5(i) – Pedestrian Safety measures in Church Road – the clerk is still to contact Mark Francis at OCC Highways

ii)        Minute 5(ii) – Footway around the Roundhouse – a cheque for £7,000 had been sent to OCC Highways and a receipt received. No indication of when the work will be done.

iii)        Minute 6 – Change in Brookes’ entrance work had begun on the Park Hill roundabout and the new road into the school campus. The new road and coach park at the school was scheduled to be finished in the summer of 2014

14.  PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ON LADDER HILL BY THE CO-OP.

As a first step in the campaign to get a pedestrian crossing the Parish Council should request traffic monitoring (both speed and volume) on Ladder Hill. Cllr Purse would also request the same.

Two places were suggested; one opposite number 28 Ladder Hill and the other opposite ‘Windyridge’.

According to OCC’s own traffic monitoring figures in 2012 the average daily traffic along London Road, Wheatley was 10,000 vehicles

15. TO CONSIDER THE PROBLEM OF SPEEDING VEHICLES IN THE VILLAGE

.Further speed and volume monitoring to be requested along the High Street (east), opposite Barclays Bank and two points along London Road, one west of the junction with Church Road and another by the Aquatics centre.

Cllr Purse said she was meeting with the Area Steward and his replacement in the village next week.

PCSO Cooney was looking into the enforceability of the 20 mph limit in the High Street and if necessary getting the signage improved.

In an e-mail he had mentioned the possibility of getting the use of a ‘SDR’ that can be used by trained civilians. The clerk was asked to get more information and the paperwork. The Parish Council would have to agree a £5,000 indemnity to pay TVP should the SDR be damaged in any way.

16.  TO CONSIDER THE PROBLEM PARKING ON THE NORTH SIDE OF CHURCH ROAD, WEST OF THE RECREATION GROUND ENTRANCE.

The clerk read out a letter from a resident expressing concern that more cars were parking on the north side of Church between the entrance to the Church Road Recreation Area and Templars Close. Cars coming from the Sun where finding it hard to see oncoming traffic who were then obliged to mount the south side pavement in order to pass.

There was a debate on why there were more cars parking there recently. It was possibly because the SODC Car park now had time constrained parking. Cllr Bell had received the results of a parking survey done by SODC in 2011 before the new regulations were introduced. This survey was circulated to committee.

In the first instance the clerk to write to the residents of Templars Close whose

gardens back on to Church Road to cut back any overhanging foliage so that cars might be able to park closer to the wall

17.   OTHER ROAD SAFETY ISSUES

i) Light over the first build out going up Ladder Hill obscured by tree in 1 Howe Close’s garden. Clerk to write to the householder also requesting that the hedge be cut back as it is obstructing the pavement.

ii) Faded ‘Give –Way’ lines at the bottom of Station Road and at the London Road zebra crossings. Clerk to write to the Highways Department. This would probably come out of Cllr Purse’s budget.

18.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 27th November 2013

The meeting closed at 8.45pm